The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, one of the country’s three federally-funded poverty centers, is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to monitoring trends in poverty and inequality, examining what is driving those trends, and developing science-based policy on poverty and inequality. We present here our first annual report laying out some of the important trends and developments in poverty and inequality.
The purpose of establishing this annual series is to ensure that the key facts on poverty and inequality enjoy the same visibility as other indicators of the country’s health. As it stands, there are all manner of analyses that focus on particular aspects of poverty and inequality, including excellent studies that take on separately such issues as employment, income inequality, wealth inequality, health inequality, or educational access.
Additional funding for the State of the Union initiative provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Russell Sage Foundation, and The United Way of the Bay Area.